Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker believes Morgan Schneiderlin is not quite good enough to be a regular starter at Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho, amid rumours of a possible move away from Old Trafford, insisted the Frenchman was fundamental to his plans at Man United.
However, Schneiderlin has only made two starts under his new boss, against Feyenoord in the Europa League and Northampton Town in the League Cup.
Discussing Man United’s upcoming game against Liverpool at Anfield, Owen claimed the 26-year-old is not good enough to start regularly under the Special One.
“When you think that the strength of Liverpool’s game is deep runs from midfield, I bet my bottom dollar that it won’t be Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba against Liverpool at Anfield. He [Mourinho] would be really brave to do that,” he said.
“Marouane Fellaini I don’t think understands that role in this team so much.
“I would pick Carrick – or you could pick Herrera and Carrick and have Pogba as a number 10.”
The abundance of midfield options at Mourinho’s disposal has meant that Schneiderlin, also ostracised towards the latter stages of last season, has his work cut out when it comes to breaching the starting XI. It seems as if attack-minded midfielders such as Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera have been favoured over more defensively orientated, subtler midfielders like Bastian Schnweinsteiger, Michael Carrick and, of course, Schneiderlin during the early stages of Mourinho’s reign.
However, as emphatically demonstrated against both Feyenoord and Northampton, the Frenchman can slot into this current United side with relative ease: his two starts have been hallmarked by an indefatigable work rate and a fearless attitude, ruthlessly dealing with the game’s ugly side.
With important away games on the horizon, bringing with them a physically imposing environment, Schneiderlin’s muscle and tenacity could prove to be vital.